Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 395: Murder on Astor Place

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



My teaser this week comes from an historical mystery set in New York City, Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson.




At first Sarah thought the tinkling of the bell was part of her dream. It sounded so sweet and soothing, and she was following it across a sunlit meadow, as if it were a golden butterfly. But then the pounding started, and she knew this wasn’t a dream at all. Dragging herself away from the meadow and out of the depths of sleep, she forced her reluctant eyelids open. Sure enough, someone was pounding on her office door.

(Opening paragraph, first chapter)





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Gaslight #1

After a routine delivery, Sarah visits her patient in a rooming house—and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl’s room. She discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York—and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy’s help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice—before death claims another victim . . .





Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 394: Murder on the Links

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week I present to you Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie, her second novel to feature Hercule Poirot.


In a moment Poirot had leapt from the car, his eyes blazing with excitement.

"What is that you say? Murdered? When? How?"

(Chapter Three: At the Villa Geneviève)









ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: (Hercule Poirot #2)

An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies facedown in a shallow grave on a golf course.

But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse . . .




Sunday, January 21, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 393: Old World Murder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is Old World Murder by local writer, Kathleen Ernst.



As she turned, Chloe paused to get a feel of the century-old building. She got a brief glimpse of half-papered walls; a worktable covered with tools. Then the impression came. It was not the distant jumble she’d felt in St. Peter’s Church. Instead, a sense of palpable unhappiness crackled in the air.









ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Chloe Ellefson #1

A deadly heirloom hunt

Trying to leave painful memories behind her, Chloe Ellefson is making a fresh start. She's the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin, an outdoor ethnic museum showcasing 1870s settlement life. On her first day, Chloe meets with an elderly woman who begs her to find a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl that had been donated to the museum years ago. But before Chloe can find the heirloom and return it to her, the woman dies in a suspicious car crash.

Digging up the history and whereabouts of the rare artifact quickly turns dangerous. Chloe discovers that someone is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the bowl's existence—by any means necessary. Assisting Chloe is police officer Roelke McKenna, whose own haunting past compels him to protect her. To catch the covetous killer, Chloe must solve a decades-old puzzle . . . before she becomes a part of history herself.




Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 392: Alpha Wolf

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from Alpha Wolf by Linda O. Johnston.



Crack!

Dr. Melanie Harding’s hands jerked. Seated at her scuffed wooden desk, she nearly dropped the financial statement she’d been studying—the first month’s figures for her new veterinary practice.

Had that been a gunshot?

(Chapter 1)

~*~*~*~*~*~

As a tree walked into his path, he slammed on his brakes. Oh, yeah. Something was definitely wrong.

(Chapter 9)



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Alpha Force #1


When Dr. Melanie Harding comes to rural Maryland to open a veterinarian clinic, she has no intention of buying into the area's absurd werewolf legends. Until she rescues an ordinary dog shot with a silver bullet, and meets his sexy owner, Major Drew Connell.A founding member of the Alpha Force on a nearby military base, Drew has developed an elixir that helps werewolves control their shape-shifting abilities. Drew has always tried to keep his distance from the civilian population, but Melanie's sweet and gentle nature soon wears down his defenses. With the attacks on people and animals in the area mounting, can their fiery attraction withstand their toughest challenge?





Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Teaser Tuesday 391: French Fried

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



Another second book this week, French Fried from Kylie Logan’s “Ethnic Eats” series.


I tried again, and when there was still no answer, I stepped into the parlor.

That’s when my breath caught and my heart stopped and my blood ran cold.


(Chapter 4)








ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Ethnic Eats #2

The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.

For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel "Rocky" Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer's day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from souffle to sleuth.




Friday, December 29, 2017

Skywatch Friday 221



Rare Sunrise photos from me,
taken through my front window Dec 20


LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday




Thursday, December 28, 2017

Découpage Ornaments

I was asked to make a store sample earlier this month for a découpage ornament. We printed out two images, the Santa and snowman. I trimmed around the images, then used Mod Podge to adhere one image to one side of the ornament. When that had dried, I flipped it over and adhered the other image. After that had dried, I added a second coating of the Mod Podge to each side, allowing time for each side to dry.

To spice it up a bit, I added Snow-Tex around the edges of the side with the snowman, and a mini white pom-pom for the ball on his hat. When that side had dried, I flipped it over and added the Snow-Tex to Santa's coat and hat. I did each side different to show people what they could do.

So here is my store sample -- Side A shows the snowman, side B the Santa.








As the owner's birthday was this month, I was also asked to make a special ornament for him. He did not make it easy on me. He was there the day I made this and the store sample. A co-worker acted as lookout for me, letting me know when he was headed towards the front of the store so I could quickly hide it. Both he and his wife loved it!






Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 294: 2017 Christmas Ornaments, Pt 2





More from this year . . .
(See last week for Pt 1)


LINKING TO:

Wordless Wednesday




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Random Photo: Christmas Ornaments

The only ornament on my tree NOT handmade.
It was my very first Christmas ornament,
a present from one of my grandmothers. 









Friday, December 22, 2017

Skywatch Friday 220



LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday